Victory Day Parade 2020

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A tri-service contingent of the Indian armed forces comprising 75 all ranks, led by a colonel rank officer will participate in the Military Parade at Red Square, Moscow on 24th June, 2020 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Victory of the Soviet People in the great Patriotic War of 1941-45.

 

Background

  • Victory Day marks Nazi Germany’s surrender to the Soviet Union in 1945.
  • It became the end of the Great Patriotic War for the USSR, which lost about 25 million citizens in the four years of fighting.
  • Interestingly, until its 20th anniversary (May 9, 1965), Victory Day was not a major holiday.
  • Apart from the anniversaries in 1965 and 1985, Victory Day celebrations in the Soviet Union did not feature a military parade. This tradition started in 1995.
  • It is the biggest parade is in Moscow’s Red Square, showcasing Russia’s military forces. Most veterans wear their medals as they head to the parade or an event organised by a local veteran organisation. Another tradition is to give flowers, usually red carnations, to veterans in the street and to lay wreaths at the war memorial sites.
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